Miss Achievement contestants shine
Trinity Conception teens place at provincial scholarship pageant
Trinity Conception has fared well in the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador pageant in St John’s. This year, three young women not only competed, but also placed in the Top 10 at the event, including Kylie Jackson, pictured here standing between a couple of Miss Trinity Conceptions. Each girl has many memories to take away from the event.
For three young ladies from Trinity Conception, the weekend of Nov. 12-15 was one they won’t soon forget.
Rebecca Bishop of Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace’s Brianna Meadus and Kylie Jackson from South Dildo were all participants in the Miss Achievement scholarship competition at the Holy Heart of Mary auditorium in St. John’s. In fact, all three took a spot in the Top 10.
Rebecca, who is 18 years old, was awarded the second-runner-up award at the competition. She was a contestant at last year’s event as well.
The poised pageant veteran was so happy to take part in an event that showcases, not only confidence and academics, but friendships as well.
“My experience was amazing,” she told The Compass. “Winning second runner up was just a bonus. I made so many incredible friendships.” Kylie, who is also 18, felt the same. “I made so many friendships that I know will last a long time,” Kylie said. “I grew so much as a person and realized things about myself I didn’t know.”
For the youngest competitor from the region, Brianna, who is 14, this was a learning experience.
“Through my weekend competing in Miss Achievement NL I learned so many things, went to new places and made many friends,” she said.
I grew so much as a person and realized things about myself I didn’t know. Kylie Jackson South Dildo
Last teen pageant
Because 18 is the cut off age to participate, Rebecca and Kylie will not be able to compete next year. But that won’t stop them from returning. Rebecca will serve as a chaperone, and Kylie is keen to help out.
Both girls have competed in several teen pageants, including Miss Teen Trinity Conception. In 2014, Rebecca was first runner up to Kylie, who took home the crown.
“I gained confidence and public speaking skills,” Kylie noted.
Rebecca sees the pageant as an opportunity for young women from Newfoundland and Labrador to be recognized for their achievements.
“I would recommend this program so any young women in the province,” she said. “It is without a doubt incredible.”
For some, the idea of competing in a pageant is about glamour and beauty. But for the Miss Achievement organization, it’s about showcasing confidence, public speaking skills, the ability to communicate effectively and academics.
In fact, 95 per cent of the score is already done before the contestants step on the stage.
The girls enjoyed their time on stage, getting to showcase themselves and dress in elegant gowns. But they mostly enjoyed the opportunity to participate.
“From the fitness test to laser tag we took part in many different activities and had fun no matter what we were doing, this past weekend is a weekend I wont forget,” said Brianna.
Besides the competition, all 20 contestants took part in a variety of activities throughout the weekend. From laser tag to a presentation from Barry Lewis Green, public speaking and motivational coach, the girls participated in many different events.
Rebecca was the only one of the three to reveal her favourite event.
“My favourite part would be the happy tree opening at the Avalon Mall,” she exclaimed. “That was great — handing out candy canes and asking the kids what they wanted Santa to bring them for Christmas.”
Other events included a tour of Steele Communications, photo shoot with Harbour Grace photographer Sheena Martin, tour of the House of Assembly and a party bus ride.
There was also a talent competition, which was judged by a panel that consisted of three people from Trinity Conception — Craig Sharpe from Upper Island Cove and twins Natasha and Stephanie Warren from Chapel Arm — as well as Barbara Ashley, daughter to the first Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, Isabella Ashley.
Rebecca Bishop of Bay Roberts.
Brianna Meadus of Harbour Grace.